Audio conferencing is a non-negotiable in today’s workplace. Today, more than 70% of the professional work-force works remotely at least one day per week. Because so many employees are working outside the office, the logistics of meetings has changed drastically. Many organizations have used audio and video conferencing for quite some time, although the options for conferencing haven't incorporated our current applications. This is why we are so excited about the improved functionality of Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing.
Most of us use the Microsoft Office 365 Stack and because of that, we have a clean desktop that includes a plethora of applications within our home screen. We are used to being able to seamlessly work within Teams without having to regularly hop in and out of our home screen. Although, until recently, we were using outside applications for external audio conferencing as Teams Audio conferencing was not as useful as other outside applications.
The capabilities were all physically there, although the functionality was not where we needed it to be. Fortunately, with recent updates, this has changed. The updated capabilities to dial in from an outside number or via a link for video is as easy as any other applications. Also, all Teams applications are fully incorporated, so it is a seamless transition for up to 250 participants.
We now prefer Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing as the setup of the meeting is simple, and conducting meetings is streamlined as all of your applications and files are readily available within the session. As you can see below, the "New meeting" set-up button is built in to your calendar in the top right-hand corner and all of your applications and files will still be on the left. Also, your meeting participants do not need to be on Teams or even utilizing any part of the Microsoft 365 stack to externally dial into the meeting. Meaning, your participants don’t have to be part of your organization to receive the full impact of the meeting.
Cost is another factor we love about Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing. Licensing is only required for those participants setting up or hosting the meeting. This will typically decrease the number of licenses needed, plus, the licenses are considerably more cost-effective than other similar applications.
Do yourself a favor and clean up your daily workflow. Give our team of Pendello Solutions business technology associates a call today and let us offer you a demonstration of Teams Audio Conferencing. See how keeping your applications under the 365 Stack can save you time, money, and headaches.